ODGC Newsletter – October 2019

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We must start this month’s newsletter with many thanks to all those who helped make our Nick Bailey evening such a success, from the people who helped set up and clear the Hall, to those stewarding and selling raffle tickets, to those providing and clearing up the refreshments – you are all too numerous to mention!

It would seem that news of our special evenings is spreading as we had two gardening celebrities in their own rights in our audience!!

On the Wednesday morning Nick Bailey visited Stockton Bury Gardens and recorded a podcast with Tamsin Westorpe (listen here).

Those of you who came along on the evening will know that our next celebrity speaker is in July 2020.

Thanks to:
 Caroline Seaman, Val Gisbourne and Judy Connolly for volunteering to provide the refreshments tonight and to those of you who help with the setting up and clearing up of the Hall.

Don’t Forget:
This month’s speaker is Victoria Logue who is going to tell us about Propogation: seeds cuttings and beyond.t

November Lunch:
The menu and application form have been sent out, so just a gentle reminder that we are going to the Fountain at Tenbury and there is no restriction on numbers so non-members welcome.

Don’t forget to hand in your menu choices to Peter tonight or by post to Monica by 4th November.

Seed Orders:
Don’t forget, if you want to take advantage of the discounts being offered to the Club then the orders must be placed through Monica.

Marshalls catalogues are available tonight, 50% on all seeds, 20% on all potatoes, onions, shallots and garlic and 10% on all young plants, fruit trees, soft fruit and gardening equipment.

T&M:  You may remember that last year their catalogue was a lot smaller and they were encouraging the use of their online catalogue.  Although some of you may have received your own copy of the catalogue at home this year, Monica has received the following email:

We are writing to let you know that we are changing the way in which we promote our horticultural society discount scheme. In order to stay competitive and to be able to continue to support the 50% discount on seeds we will no longer be sending out catalogues. Our full range can be found online.

Our great discounts remain the same for this season and are listed below.

 2019-2020 Horticultural Discounts

  • 50% off a wider range of seed lines
  • 20% off a selection of potatoes, onions, garlic & shallots
  • 20% off a selection of fruit

If you wish to place an order with T&M please let Monica have your choice either by email or hand written.  If you wish to receive a catalogue at home in future, please put your address on your order.

AGM – 17th December:
If you would like ODGC to keep thriving and would like to be part of our friendly and lively team keeping your Club running smoothly (we hope!) then we are always happy for new volunteers.   The existing members of the team are happy to continue to stand (if you want them to!)

We would like any new volunteer to become a committee member but it would not be a problem if they could not attend every committee meeting.

Nomination forms are available from Monica, and should be sent to her by the 3rd December (or handed in, this evening or next month, to any current committee member).  We meet over tea and biscuits usually on a Monday afternoon, once a month, generally the week preceding the club meetings.

The Minutes of last year’s AGM are on the notice board this month and next month.

2020 August Show:
The 2019 Show was bigger and better than previous years and your new sub-committee – Gill Macefield, Marjan Bartlett-Freriks, and Monica Todd have already starting planning the 2020 Show because this will be our 40th !!

Some changes have already been made in that the Open Cookery section has been removed. Following the involvement of Rainbows in donating their “cups of kindness” to Club members we have asked the organisers if Rainbows wish to be involved and we have suggested a category they could take part in.

The Floral Art section has already been decided and the classes are as follows:

  • Celebrating 40 years
  • Miniature – a posy in a glass (to fit in the 6” x 8” / 15 cm x 20 cm criteria)
  • Contemporary design, in green and white
  • Floral design for a wedding table, including candles using flowers from the garden
  • Beginners group – basket of flowers

Plant stall:
We are always grateful for donations of plants, plant pots – especially 5” – and excess produce.

Colesbourne outing – 13th February 2020:

There are a few places left on the coach but details have now been sent to local gardening clubs so places will now be reserved on a “first come” basis.

Next Meeting – 26th November:
The speaker is Roger Umpelby on “Plants need a balanced diet too!”